Richard & Kyle
Richard & Kyle
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: MO
Dear Expectant Mother,
We can only imagine what it must be like to go through letter after letter of potential adoptive families for your child. Seeing all of the thanks and praise for your brave decision hopefully helps ease your mind, knowing there are families out there ready to love your child as their own.
We want you to know that by choosing us, you would be helping us create the family we have dreamed about for so long. We are not blind to your difficult decision, and we understand it is made out of love and care for the future of your child. There are no words that could do justice to the gift of a child, because no one could thank you enough for your understanding and sacrifice. The gift of a child given in love and a desire to help build a family and a future is such a wondrous gift. The life that we have built together is one we are now ready to share with you and your child.
We love to have fun and know laughter is often the best medicine. We understand the importance of education and learning in a variety of forms, through art, literature, theater, and academics. We have faith and love in God and in those around us, as our extended families are a huge part of our lives.
Kyle has been a pre-primary teacher for five years, and Richard has been a professional fundraiser for a non-profit for the last twelve years. We met through mutual friends nine years ago and have been married for the last six years. When we’re not working, we like to garden in our yard, go to our local farmer’s market, attend and participate in local theater productions, and spend time with friends and family. Kyle also plays on a volleyball league once a week, and Richard volunteers on art projects for various organizations. We are always active and participating in our community and passions, and we cannot wait to share our world with a child.
We live in a four-bedroom, bungalow-style home in a metropolitan city, in a very diverse neighborhood with families from all different backgrounds and stages in life. There’s lots to do in the community, so we’re never without some way to spend our time. Our home is located two blocks from a park that we frequently take walks in with our six-year-old yorkie, Izzie. Izzie loves to sit in our picture window and watch the neighbors go by when she can’t be outside.
Our Extended Family
We have a large and supportive extended family. Kyle has seven siblings and several nieces and nephews. They live out of state, but the connection is very strong, as we all talk regularly on the phone and make several visits each year. We have a tradition of spending Thanksgiving with the family and going Christmas shopping the day after.
Richard has a smaller family that lives locally, and we visit with them on a weekly basis. When there is a local theater production that we are a part of, it has become tradition to go to the show with the family and have dinner after to celebrate.
We love to spend time with our extended family, especially sharing a meal and just sitting around talking about anything and everything. When all of our families are together in one city, we all get together over food and enjoy the day with each other, often at our home. Both of our families are very supportive of us and our decision to adopt.
Our Adoption Story
We always knew we wanted a family and have been foster parents for the last four years to four wonderful children. We decided we wanted to make the stay with us a permanent one, however, and fostering a child does not necessarily lead to a permanent stay. We were able to adopt our son after we fostered him, but it was a long and uncertain journey, so we have decided that adoption was a good starting point for us this time. Kyle and his siblings were adopted by their father when they were little and know firsthand that it is love that makes a family. Being touched so closely by adoption had made it easy to decide it’s right for us.